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With the game against #13 Georgia just a day away, this was the last opportunity for the coaches and players to speak with the media before tomorrow’s 6:30 kick-off. Here are some snippets from Coach Petrino and the Atlanta media leading up to the big game.
*Coach Petrino didn’t say who will start at QB for the Cards.
Smith said he feels like even offensive coordinator Garrick McGee and line coach Chris Klenakis are “trying to figure that out.”
“I think only coach (Bobby) Petrino knows, even if he does at this point,” Smith said. “He has us all confused trying to figure it out.”
“We can win with both of them and we can win with either one of them,” Radcliff said. “They’re both capable of leading us to a win.”
*UGA going full speed in Charlotte.
After that, it was back to business as the No. 13 Bulldogs had just two more practices — one Saturday and one Sunday — to complete their preparation for Tuesday’s matchup against No. 21 Louisville. And that whole enterprise became significantly more challenging with the departure of Mike Bobo earlier this week.
*Dawgs facing distractions heading into the Belk Bowl.
On paper, Georgia looks like the better overall team, though the Cardinals match up well in key areas. The 9-3 Bulldogs had the highest scoring offense in the SEC this season and a formidable rushing attack, but Louisville ranked sixth nationally in total defense and third in rushing defense, allowing just 93.7 yards per game. Of course, the Cardinals only faced one Top 25 rushing offense, Boston College, and gave up 166 yards in that game. The other rushing attacks they saw ranked mostly in the bottom half nationally. On the other hand, Louisville safety Gerod Holliman leads the nation with 14 interceptions, so Hutson Mason needs to be very careful in the passing game.
*Some UGA players have spoken to their former DC, Todd Grantham.
“I’m motivated to beat him because he’s the opponent, not because he used to coach here,” senior center David Andrews said. “He’s in our way. That’s motivation enough.”
Senior defensive back Damian Swann was one of the few Bulldogs that talked to Grantham.
“It was just a greeting,” Swann said of the impromptu run-in at lunch. “He was in line and I was trying to get back to my food. So it was just, like, ‘hey, what’s up, Coach? How ya doing?’ Just a cordial greeting.”
Mark Richt has interacted with his former subordinate a few times, including Friday evening at the coaches’ reception at Quail Hollow Country Club.
Richt said he shook Grantham’s hand and he and wife Katharyn chatted with Grantham and his wife Paige
“It’s a business,” he said. “We understand that. People have to do what they think is best for themselves and their families. I understand that.”
In other news, here is what the Cards will be wearing when they take on Georgia.
— Louisville Equipment (@UofLEquipment) December 29, 2014